Knee Pain

IMPORTANT FACTS

Anyone can experience knee problems. However, the major risk factors are age, being overweight, and having a job that requires you to stand for long periods.

Knee pain can be acute or chronic. Acute injuries include broken bones or torn ligaments. Chronic pain includes arthritis and bursitis.

Surgery is not always the answer. There are many noninvasive treatments to try before considering surgery. The knee is complex. It is composed of 4 bones, 3 joints,14 ligaments and relies on 12 muscles to function properly.

WHAT ARE MY TREATMENT OPTIONS?

Carolinas Pain Center offers a wide variety of treatment options for the knee as we are aware many people respond differently to treatment based on their specific situation.

  • Physical Therapy or Exercises 

  • Steroid Injections (Cortisone) 

  • Viscous Supplementation Injections (A gel-like substance is injected once a week for 5 weeks) 

  • Genicular Nerve Blocks 

  • Radiofrequency Ablation of Genicular Nerves 

  • Traumeel/Zeel Injections (A homeopathic alternative to steroids) 

  • Prolotherapy 

  • Dextrose Injection 

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Ultrasound Imaging

  • Ultrasound guided injections improves accuracy for knee injections. 
  • Ultrasound is a cost effective imaging technique. 
  • You will not be exposed to radiation.

COMMON CAUSES OF KNEE PAIN

TYPES OF ARTHRITIS

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Gout
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Pseudogout

MECHANICAL PROBLEMS

  • Loose body
  • Meniscal tear
  • Iliotibial band syndrome
  • Dislocated knee cap
  • Hip or foot pain

Mellisa S. Discusses Knee Pain

Working at CPC has been a teaching/learning experience for me. I have always had knee pain but working at CPC has showed me that this is not normal. There are different treatments for knee pain. I talked to one of the providers at CPC who explain to me that we can start off with just a steroid injection and work our way up if we needed to. I explained to him that I have always had knee pain, swollen joint, hard to walk at time, and even hear some cracking noise. When I was at work my knee would get so swollen that my pants would be so tight around my knee. At times I would walk, and my knee would feel like it was about to give out on me and cause me to fall. My knee pain was affecting me walking, running and even working out.  After talking to my provider, he wanted to start off with a steroid injection first and if that didn't work, we would start with some gel injections. I got my first steroid injection in November around Thanksgiving; we are in March and I am knee pain free. In the begin of February I started noticing my knee pain coming back, I talked to my provider who start that most time steroid knee injection only last 3 months. I am young and I don't want to keep coming in to get injections. I told him what I can do so I won't keep having to get knee injection every 3 months. He said fight through the pain and talk some anti-inflammatory medication to see if you can get the swollen down along with the pain.  I took some Aleve for a couple of day, and today my knee pain is gone. I can now walk, running and work out with no pain.